updated May, 2009
The Environmental Encroachment
Marching Band brings art and music to the public and in certain environments.
In 1998, EE did its first Mardis Gras March in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.
Since then, we have grown and continued our mostly summer time marching band
For the best current images (2009) of our marching band, see YouTube:
EE's newest promo video and Electronic Press Kit
Themes include seasonal parades, sporadic parades, musical encroachments, clowns and circus, organic food, outer space, fashion shows, etc.
We make our own unique costumery, and play and choreograph shows that include visual elements. Musical processions may include giant puppets or masks.
We have been asked to play
music at funerals and farewell to life ceremonies and we do.
Contact us for your needs, whether funerary music, street parades, or hyping up any kind of special event, program or show.
The dueling trombones of the vent worms. Much better than Dune!
Two, totally portable, comfortable, lightweight, and effective costumes built as back pack puppets.
These were some extraordinary marching trombone costumes.
Bret Lortie in another back pack puppet that allowed for trombone playing
in a children's puppet parade at the Black Sheep Puppet Festival in Pittsburgh.
Beet's character was based on the ancient Piasa Bird (also proficient at Jazz Trombone).
|Sometimes, it is too dark, and you need to stick your alien head out of the puppet for air, or vision. It can be dangerous in there.|
Older older Marching scene NEWS:
The Chicago Chapter of the All American Anti-War Marching band, or
Chicago Antiwar Marching band, or the skeleton marching band has an
e-mail list that you can join by e-mailing one of these addresses:
In addition, Fred Hickler has put video footage of the Sunday March
16th and Thursday March 20th peaceful demonstrations against the war.
The movies are in many formats so that all may view, regardless of bandwidth
from a participant
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